Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Waking Up in Relationship: A half-day retreat and workshop with Cheryl Slean

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Relationship can sometimes seem like the last frontier of spiritual practice. Because there’s so much that goes on inside when we’re interacting with others, it’s easy to lose awareness and fall back into old, unhelpful habits of relating. Bringing receptive mindfulness and wise reflection to our encounters is not only possible, it’s a deeply educational process that paves the way for significant positive change.

This half-day mindfulness workshop will focus on improving our relationships by including them in our daily life practice. Through reflection, group process and meditation we’ll explore topics like compassion with safe boundaries, forgiveness, releasing the need to change or judge others, and relational mindfulness practices. You’ll come away with skills and understandings that will help you find your way toward more harmonious, compassionate and fulfilling relationships.

Connecting with the Heart's Refuge: A daylong retreat with Ian Challis

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A sense of home or refuge — an internal base that offers shelter, support and safety — is vital in an ever-changing, unpredictable world. Buddhist teachings offer three universal refuges: Our own innate capacity for heart/mind awakening (Buddha), the refuge of practice and wisdom (Dharma), and the refuge of community (Sangha).

Join us for a day of practice and exploration of refuge as it relates to our lives and our world. Is it possible to bring a sense of home and refuge wherever we may find ourselves?

We will spend the day exploring mindfulness practices designed to strengthen and support this internal sense of refuge. We will also look at how this strong internal confidence and safety can be shared and supported with others through the practices of community: lovingkindness, compassion and wise action.

The day will include periods of sitting meditation, walking
meditation, short dharma talks and discussion. This event is suitable for new or experienced meditators.

Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge:
    Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Peer Led silent sit:
    Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Intro to meditation:
    First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm

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Congratulations to Ian Challis

We are delighted to announce that Ian Challis just completed the two year Community Dharma Leaders Teacher Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County California.  Ian graduated on Saturday April 29, 2017 with 90 of his classmates.  Over the past...

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Fierce Compassion: A Daylong Workshop for Women

In this 6 hour retreat-style workshop we’ll explore what it means to have a “Strong back and a soft front” in other words what might it look like to go through the world with an open heart and strong clear boundaries? Vulnerability researcher, Social Worker and best...

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Insight Community of the Desert


Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.


1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Building C, 2nd Floor

Palm Springs, CA 92262

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